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Young Professional Resource Page

Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee

Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee provides hope to anyone touched by cancer. Hope is a strange word to associate with cancer, but those who walk in our door say they “have a good like with cancer because of Gilda’s.” Today, three of every four Americans will be diagnosed with cancer. In Tennessee alone, there will be an estimated 37,080 new cases of cancer in 2017. And many more are affected than those diagnosed. As the only cancer support agency in Middle Tennessee also benefiting friends and families, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee’s mission is to ensure those impacted by cancer (all genders, ages, backgrounds and cancer types) are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. To learn more about our cancer support program, please visit: www.gildasclubmiddletn.org.

Inspired by their personal connections to cancer, Gilda’s Club’s Associate Board formed in March 2016, and is made up of young professionals in their twenties and thirties. As one Associate Board Member put it, they are all at an age where their parents are dealing with cancer. The group aims to get the word out about Gilda’s Club, especially among peers; volunteer to help those impacted by cancer; and fundraise for Gilda’s Club’s mission.

Contact Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee:

Hayley Levy – hayley@gildasclubmiddletn.org – 615-329-1124


Leadership Young Professionals (Leadership YP)

The Leadership Young Professionals program is open to individuals who have completed the Young Leaders Council program. The Leadership YP program consists of daylong seminars, group discussions, field trips and retreats that address different issues in Williamson County. The sessions create a forum to exchange ideas and discuss areas of interest. Each participant will be involved in a small group project outside of the program schedule to leave a legacy for the community.

The daylong programs include a focus on history, education, business, economic development, media/entertainment, government and quality of life. Participants are also given the opportunity to network and develop relationships with other class members and community leaders.

Contact Leadership YP:

Abby Bass – abby@williamsonchamber.com – 615-938-7479


United Way Emerging Leaders United (ELU)

United Way’s Emerging Leaders United (ELU), is a leadership development program for professionals with the goal of enhancing leadership skills through the unique community investment lens of the United Way. Developed to augment a professional’s career path, the sessions provide insight to the skills necessary for serving on nonprofit boards and exposure to local programs assisting area residents and strengthening the community. Participants are presented with opportunities to engage and network with other members, community stakeholders, session speakers, and nonprofit leaders.

Contact United ELU

Joy Lehmann – jlehmann@uwwc.org – 615-771-2312


Williamson County Association of REALTORS: Young Professionals Network Committee (WCAR, YPN)

Within WCAR, YPN is a core group if individuals whose careers are young in the profession of real estate (roughly within the last five years). We encourage networking and community involvement through fun philanthropic and educational events. Our mission statement below highlights the values and goals of YPN.

Mission Statement:

YPN helps new real estate professionals excel in their careers by giving them the tools and encouragement to become involved in four core areas:

  • REALTOR® associations. Attend REALTOR® conferences and pursue leadership roles with their local, state, and national association.
  • Real estate industry. Take an active role in policy discussions and advocacy issues; be informed about the latest industry news and trends.
  • Network and learn from one another by attending events, participating in online communication, and seeking out mentoring opportunities.
  • Become exceptional members of their community by demonstrating a high level of REALTOR® professionalism and volunteering for causes they feel passionate about.

View the WCAR, YPN calendar of events here.

Contact WCAR, YPN:

Carlee Greene – carlee@wcartn.org – 615-771-6845


Williamson, Inc. Young Professionals (YP)

Williamson, Inc. Young Professionals has partnered with Deviate to implement a quarterly leadership series engineered to help our emerging leaders grow. Deviate partners with influential leaders and brands to help them develop healthy leaders worth following and this program has been developed to guide Young Professionals to build their leadership foundation – one that will serve them for a lifetime.

Informal “connect” events round out the Williamson, Inc. Young Professionals offerings by providing unique opportunities for YPs to connect and engage. The quarterly networking events are a great place to build deeper roots in Williamson County or connect with other business professionals in the community. Your won’t want to miss these opportunities to connect.

Contact Williamson, Inc. YP:

Griffin Wilcoxon – griffin@williamsonchamber.com – 615-550-8497


Young Leaders Council (YLC)

The mission of the Young Leaders Council is to train diverse, committed individuals to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit organizations and make a difference in the community be replenishing the volunteer leadership base. The YLC consists of an eleven-session training program, addressing fundamental board skills, followed by a year-long internship on the board of a community nonprofit agency as a nonvoting member. Age of participants must be between 25 – 40 and the course cost is $500.

Contact YLC:

Diane Hayes – diane@youngleaderscouncil.org – 615-386-0060


Young Leaders Network (YLN)

The Young Leaders Network (YLN) is an extension of the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County. Established in September 2016, the YLN offers a distinct platform for developing leadership skills in young professionals’ age 21 – 45 years old. The annual membership fee is $50 for individuals who reside, work or volunteer in Williamson County and directly supports the preservation of the Harvey McLemore House Museum. Our activities provide networking, volunteerism and education on Franklin’s diverse culture and history.



Contact YLN

Stacey Colden – aahsvolunteer1TN@gmail.com

Sonya Johnson – aahsvolunteer1TN@gmail.com – 615-224-3140


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